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The Colorado Rockies couldn’t emerge from the K-hole they fell into yesterday. After striking out 12 times in last night’s game, they struck out an additional 17 times losing 5-3 against the Dodgers.

Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla knew this was an audition for the postseason. His fast balls were crisp and he was able to get his curve balls over for strikes striking out the first five batters he faced. He ended up going five innings giving up a run on four hits with ten strikeouts.

“I didn’t really think [that it’s an audition],” Padilla said through translator Kenji Nimura. “I just wanted to win the game. That’s all I really thought about”

Padilla’s curve balls were particularly devastating. There was one at 60 mph to Seth Smith for a called strike in the first inning. In the second inning Padilla threw back-to-back curve balls at 60 mph and 61 mph for strikes to Brad Hawpe. Perhaps the most lethal was a 55-mph rainbow that Hawpe took for a first pitch in the fourth inning.

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“He looked great today,” acting manager Brad Ausmus said of Padilla’s performance. “Five innings of shutout ball, you can’t ask for anything more.”